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March 8, 2018 by Josh King | Send Network
Remember how Elijah got so discouraged after his mountaintop experience that he wished for death? I have felt the same way, and so will you. If you haven’t already you will. It is helpful to know that many pastors feel this weight or darkness come upon them at a particular milestone in ministry...
March 6, 2018 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
I am a replanting pastor and I struggle with depression. I don’t think leading a replant caused it, but it did surface it to the degree where I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Ministry is hard and it’s difficult. So are many other vocations. Every job has its own set of challenges and struggles,...
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February 27, 2018 by Jena Marie O'Brien | Send Network
My grandmother was the best storyteller. She would captivate anyone who was close enough to listen. She lived a very full life, and it was always a good time to sit and hear her relive her life through these stories. Some of the stories were the happiest. She was a mom to eight biological kids,...
February 20, 2018 by Jena Marie O'Brien | Send Network
The tortoise and the hare, the well-known and beloved fable, has been around for centuries. The concept is not new and our idiom of “slow and steady wins the race” can encourage most people. It makes sense in our minds, and we push through — continuing on. However, sometimes the slow and steady...
February 15, 2018 by Jenna Hallock | Send Network
Let’s continue to explore what Ephesians 4 tells us about our calling as replant wives: "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one...
February 13, 2018 by Jenna Hallock | Send Network
Eight years ago, Calvary Church in Englewood, Colorado, numbered 30 people, had a little money in the bank, and was ready to close the doors forever. My husband, Mark, and I were in suburban Denver (just down the street!), doing youth ministry, feeling very comfortable, and sensing God was...
February 8, 2018 by Barb Bickford | Send Network
When we began the process of replanting our church, it was all new to me. I didn’t know any other couples who were replanting, so it felt like we were pioneers. I’m sure many of you have shared the same feeling. It’s exciting and refreshing to follow God’s plan into the unknown. But it's also a...
February 6, 2018 by Jenna Hallock | Send Network
When was the last time your heart felt robbed of joy because of the strains and struggles of ministry? (Don’t feel bad. My moment was about 20 minutes ago.) And yet we are called to be a people marked by joy. Why? Because our joy is in the Lord, not in the things of this world. Psalm 95:1 says,...
February 1, 2018 by Barb Bickford | Send Network
As wives of replanting pastors, life can get a little sideways sometimes. It is easy to feel lonely, isolated, and unsure. It is important that we encourage one another and lift each other up in prayer. After attending a replanters event last summer and spending a little time with some...
January 30, 2018 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
In the same way that good partnerships are critical to the work of replanting, partnerships that go off the rails hinder the work of replanting. How do you know if your church is not ready to become a partner with a church seeking to replant? Here are five signs: 1. Your church expects the...